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Zambia expected today

19th December 2012
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Zambia national football team (Chipolopolo)

African soccer champions, Zambia or Chipolopolo as the team is known are due to arrive in Dar es Salaam today ahead of their international friendly against Taifa Stars at the national Stadium on Saturday.

Arrival time for the team aboard Precision Air is 17 hours in the evening at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.

A contingent comprising 32 people will be on board the flight including 24 players and the rest are officials and technical staff.

Dutchman Herve Renard is in charge as a coach while a full line up of the team has Chintu Kampamba, Chisamba Lungu, Christopher Katongo, Danny Munyau, Davy Kaumbwa, Derrick Mwansa, Evans Kangwa, Felix Katongo and Francis Kasonde.

Others are Given Singuluma, Hichani Himonde, Isaac Chansa, James Chamanga, Jimmy Chisenga, Jonas Sakuwaha, Joshua Titima, Kalililo Kakonje, Moses Phiri, Mukuka Mulenga, Rainford Kalaba, Roderick Kabwe, Salulani Phiri, Shadrack Malambo and Stoppila Sunzu.

Taifa Stars players have been attending training sessions at the National Stadium since December 12 gearing up for the international friendly.

The Tanzania Football Federation’s information officer Boniface Wambura said tickets for the match will be on sale at designated sales points throughout Dar es Salaam.

Results of the match counts toward FIFA  rankings as the  encounter is within dates for friendlies sanctioned by the global football body.

 Zambia takes the match seriously as the etam gears up for Nations Cup title defence in South Afrcia next month.

Zambia defied odds to win their first ever Afrcian title at the backdrop of their heroes who pershed on the  Atlantic west shores of Gabon during a fatal plane crash in 1993.

The match will also provide a challenge to Taifa Sras who have no international assignment for the moment.

Renard and his boys are not new in Dar es Salaam as the team competed during the 2010 Senior Challenge Cup championship won by Mainland Tanzania for the third time in history. Zambia were eliminated at the quarterfinal stages despite brilliant football display to win their group with unbeaten run.

 

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN